Amar Singh granted interim bail till 19 Sept

Amar Singh granted interim bail till 19 Sept

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh was on Thursday granted interim bail till 19 September on health grounds by a Delhi court in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

The 55-year-old former Samajwadi Party leader was granted interim bail by special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal. Singh was in judicial custody for nine days.

He was arrested on 6 September after he appeared in court in response to its summons for his alleged role in the scam. Singh, who had undergone a kidney transplant, was subsequently sent to AIIMS on 12 September following complaints of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The court granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs2 lakh and a surety of the same amount.

“Amar Singh granted interim bail till September 19," the judge said while directing Singh to submit his passport to the court and not to leave Delhi without its permission.

The court is slated to hear Singh’s regular bail plea on 19 September.

The court had reserved its order on Singh’s interim bail plea earlier after briefly hearing arguments on it by defence and prosecution counsel.

Singh’s counsel Hariharan sought interim bail referring to the medical report given by AIIMS on Wednesday to the court and contending that the Tihar Jail authorities earlier had given misleading report to the court.

“The report by jail authorities was misleading due to which nine precious days have been lost. Due to the misleading report the court was forced to go into the exercise of calling for reports from AIIMS," he contended.

He said his client was being treated differently “only because he is Amar Singh" and added his health parameters make a good case for bail.

“I say misleading because the jail authorities said his parameters were slightly above normal but it was dangerously above normal for a person with one kidney and that too a transplanted one," he said and added that Singh is entitled for bail as he is “sick and infirm" and this fact has been corroborated by the report submitted by AIIMS.

Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan countered the allegations, saying Singh was being treated just like any other inmate of the jail.

In a two-page medical report, the AIIMS authorities had told the court that Singh was suffering from multiple health problems and was prone to infection.

“He continues to have vomiting and diarrhoea for which the gastroenterologist has suggested automatic function tests and endoscopy with mucosal biopsy," the report had said and added that any kidney transplant patient, showing more than 30 per cent acute rise in S Creatinine level, needs hospitalisation.